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Old 5th Feb 2015, 12:50
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It's a good job Afghanistan has ended.

http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31147236

The UK will play a lead role in a "high readiness" Nato force that will be established in Eastern Europe, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has announced.

Britain will send up to 1,000 troops and four RAF Typhoon jets for "air policing" in the region, he said.

The multinational force is the biggest reinforcement of Nato's collective defence since the end of the Cold War.
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Old 5th Feb 2015, 12:59
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rebuilding the ARRC, but more like a rowing boat, methinks.
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Old 5th Feb 2015, 15:48
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Important point in these times of austerity, who is paying?
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Old 5th Feb 2015, 16:25
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4 jets? Bet the Russians must be s***ing themselves.
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Old 5th Feb 2015, 16:29
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Yep, pretty pathetic isn't it? The pitiful number of aircraft sends its own message.

4 jets in the SA, 4 jets in Cyprus, 4 to Eastern Europe. That must be us nearing our limit now.

I wonder, when was the last time we deployed a full fast jet squadron?

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Old 5th Feb 2015, 16:30
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At this stage, it is being seen to be doing something, making a statement.

This will become serious when several squadrons of F22s are deployed.

That's when we should stock up our cold-war shelters.
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Old 5th Feb 2015, 16:31
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The F22 isn't sent anywhere dangerous is it, lest it's secrets should be lost.

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Old 5th Feb 2015, 16:32
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Erm, full Sqn on shader S-D, as there was on Herrick.
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Old 5th Feb 2015, 16:39
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The PM has pointed out that what we don't need is pointy jets, so no need for concern.
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Old 5th Feb 2015, 16:43
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Britain will send ...... four RAF ..... jets for "air policing" in the region
As it did previously in 2004 (Tornado F3) and 2014 (Typhoon) as part of a long term NATO support to the Baltic Air Policing mission [see here - wiki link was easiest!]

I suspect the troop aspects is the Army attempting to make themselves indispensable come the next SDSR. As for the high-readiness force will this not just sit as a role for the high readiness elements of the ABTF?

Smoke and mirrors.....
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Old 5th Feb 2015, 16:56
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Air pig, funny you mentioned money, this sums it up

Money Talks In Battle To Destroy Islamic State
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Old 5th Feb 2015, 17:27
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Will they have single rooms in the hotel?
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Old 5th Feb 2015, 18:10
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Isn't this (rapid reaction force) a similar principle to what was AMF, except now we have less to do it with..................
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Old 5th Feb 2015, 18:11
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Easy to escalate to war.

Truly hope all this can be de-escalated. I've never regarded the average Russian as an enemy, more of a long suffering, but very tough race of people we do best to avoid in a fight.
Leave the east to the east and please keep the trouble well away from our small island.
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Old 5th Feb 2015, 19:41
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Erm, full Sqn on shader S-D, as there was on Herrick.
Thanks downsizer. I understood that there were 8 aircraft in Cyprus. From open sources, I'm on the outside now. Is that really what constitutes a fast jet squadron now though, just 8 aircraft?

If so that makes our pitiful number of fast jet squadrons even worse.

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Old 5th Feb 2015, 20:48
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Salad-dodger,

Probably best you don't ask how many are war-goers then!
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Old 5th Feb 2015, 21:29
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Afghanistan has ended??

Maybe for some!!
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we're probably providing the Twitter feed...............
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